As Detroit developed northward from the riverfront, Woodward Avenue became a mecca for retail, restaurants, and services. The 1870's and 1880's saw many independent merchants open their doors. By 1890, a new type of one-stop shopping had developed: the department store. Detroit's venerable Newcomb Endicott and Company was closely followed by other trailblazers: J. L. Hudson Company, Crowley Milner and Company, and the Ernst Kern Company. At its peak in the 1950's, the Woodward Avenue area boasted over four million square feet of retail, making it one of America's preferred retail destinations. Other Detroit emporiums such as the homegrown S. S. Kresge Company set trends in consumer culture. Generations made the trek downtown for back-to-school events, Easter shows, holiday windows, and family luncheons. Then, with the advent of suburban shopping centers, downtown stores began competing with their own branch locations. By the 1970's and 1980's, the dominoes began to fall as both chain and independent stores abandoned the once prosperous Woodward Avenue.

About the Author

Michael A. Hauser, PhD, LPC, NCC, is currently working for the federal government in central Texas as a clinical coordinator and marriage and family therapist. His primary work is with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As the clinical coordinator, he ensures quality clinical services and provides training to various community agencies in order to educate and advocate for veterans with PTSD. Prior to this position, he was a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in the leadership doctoral program and the counseling master's program. Dr. Hauser is retired from a career in the U.S. Army after serving in training and leadership positions for 23 years. After 6 years in the corporate world in Michigan he moved to Georgia and began his counseling education. He has worked in an inpatient hospital environment and a partial hospitalization program supporting seniors and the physically impaired. Prior to his current position he worked in a private practice in northeastern Georgia, serving adolescents and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues, as well as conducting marriage and family counseling. He has published various works, and served as an editor for "Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation".

Dr. Hauser's research interests include PTSD and its effects on the individual, couples, and families, as well as therapeutic outcome efficacy. His dissertation was entitled "The Role of Optimism and Working Alliance and Its Utility in Predicting Therapeutic Outcomes in Counseling Relationships."

Utilizing many of Davis Hillmer as exquisite images, as well as those from other collections, authors Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon have captured the glory years of Detroit as famous retail entity. Michael Hauser is marketing manager for the Detroit Opera House and was guest curator for  Remembering Downtown Hudson as a exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. Marianne Weldon is an objects conservator working for the Detroit Historical Museums as their collections coordinator

Product Details

Author:  Davis Hillmer, Michael Hauser
ISBN:  0738561908   
Publisher:  Arcadia Publishing
Publish Date:  November 12, 2008
Pages: 128 pages
Dimensions:   0.5" H x 9.2" L x 6.4" W (0.85 lbs) 

20th-Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit

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